Birmingham, UK (September 30, 2015) – Cummins today announced its product improvement plans aligned to the 2017 Euro 6 OBD C requirements, that will deliver improved efficiency and lower total cost of ownership for customers.
Claudio Barcena, Cummins Regional Engine Sales Leader, said: “Cummins met the 2014 Euro 6 OBD A requirements through robust architecture with a long life, and this allows us to meet OBD C with no significant product updates needed. However, although electronic controls upgrades would be sufficient to do this, we aren’t stopping there, and are working on a number of customer focused improvements to deliver more value with improved efficiency.”
The commercial vehicle industry has been working on reducing PM and NOx emissions for 20 years, since the introduction of Euro 1. Now these have reached near-zero levels at Euro 6, the focus is moving towards greenhouse gas/CO2 emissions. CO2 relates to the amount of fuel burned, so reducing emissions supports the environment but also delivers cost savings for operators. Cummins already has significant experience in this area through meeting the EPA 2014 GHG standards in North America.
”At Cummins we recognise the focus on greenhouse gas emissions and are redefining efficiency, with a range of solutions driving more efficient vehicle utilisation. It aligns with our sustainability policy by encompassing both product design and product installation initiatives. We are constantly looking to develop smaller and lighter components. Our specialist engine expertise enables us to design integrated system solutions which optimise efficiency. We also provide strong integration support, partnering with OEMs to deliver installations tailored for efficient operation,” added Barcena.
Under the theme of SmartEfficiency Cummins are announcing key product-line improvements over the next 12 months that will include; optimised calibrations, stop-start capability, product tailoring with improved power and torque, and mild-hybrid technologies.
They will deliver genuine customer benefits through driveline efficiency improvements and reductions in operating costs. Product development has been based on Cummins working
closer with customers and gaining an even deeper knowledge of OEMs’ and operators’ businesses to understand their needs.
“So, emissions regulation dates are no longer driving our product plan. We now see this as a continuum with our products continuing to evolve and constantly improving in line with customer demands for lower total cost of operation,” continued Barcena.
The first step for SmartEfficiency has been tailoring engine calibrations, treating each application on its own merits. Cummins engineers have used their technical knowledge of the driveline system to extract the most out of the engine and related components. During recent bus tests working with OEM customers, revised calibrations have resulted in fuel efficiency savings of between 5 and 7%.
“The optimum solutions have been incorporated in the new ratings being developed for 2017. They will feature a range of additional benefits including higher torque particularly at low revs to improve vehicle performance,” concluded Barcena.
Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.65 billion on sales of $19.2 billion in 2014. More information can be found on www.cumminsengines.com. Follow us on Twitter at @cumminseurope.